January / February 2004 | Our Travel Planning Issue, Part 2


Editor’s Creel 6

Fishing For A Compliment 10

Reader’s Lines 12

Gear Review 14

Rafting Essentials

Fishing News 22
Part 1 of 3

Fish Alaska Services Guide 76

Advertiser Index 78

Fish Recipe 80

Henry’s Crawfish Pie

The Final Drift 82

My First Salmon


Rafting Alaska For Beginners 

by Les Gara

Expert floater Les Gara discusses rafting options for first-timers in Alaska.


By Troy Letherman

Fishing for salmon can be competitive at best. Here is an alternative that will leave you with a lifetime experience.

Fishing from a Kayak 

By Tom Watson

Quiet and graceful, kayaks offer a great way to get to some great fishing.

Fish the Richardson 

By Scott Haugen

The Richardson Highway—underfished and over blessed with beautiful vistas and accessible water.

Wog & Flash on the Alagnak 

By Dave Vedder

These unconventional attractors got rave reviews from rainbows to cohos.

Charter Seward 

By Doug Wilson

Only 128 miles from Anchorage, this fjord fishing is beautiful and affordable.


Fish Kodiak Island 

by Marcus Weiner and Melissa Norris

From four-wheelers to salt flats Fish Alaska magazine publishers Marcus Weiner and Melissa Norris take on the Emerald Isle.

COVER/ The makings of a great kayak fishing adventure. © Tom Watson